It’s finally happening! You are deciding to get hair extensions and trying to figure out which method is the best for you. The hair extension industry has grown so much over the last decade and now there are a lot of options to choose from. But before you pick the first option that pops in front of you, there are some questions you should be asking yourself and your hair extension professional.
In recent years, hair extensions have become more and more popular. Some people use them because they prefer their hair thicker, some use it to add length and some use it as a protective style for their natural hair. Whatever your reason is, there are plenty of options to suit your needs. Weft methods have been widely used for decades. Being one of the most commonly used methods, it has allowed people to improve their techniques, invent new ones and create better, less time-consuming options that are much less damaging. Weft extensions don’t use glue or other chemicals to bond them with any special polymer. Wefts also last for a long time without having to replace the hair. One of the best outcomes of not using chemicals or a long application/removal process is that the hair extensions you use last longer, remain in better shape and can be washed and dried with less of a hassle. Today, we are going to look at the most refined methods for weft hair extensions.
We have all thought about hair extensions one time or another. Whether if you’re sick of your short hair or just want more volume in your hair, getting extensions can transform any type of hair into glamorous and absolutely fabulous. You can pick from temporary, permanent, protective styles of your choice and every style has a bunch of different options. Let’s look into some of the hair extension options that might be the best for you depending on your personal preference, budget and hair type. At Zoya, we offer multiple types of hair extensions for our clients. You can come in for a free consultation. Even if your hair is thin, weak, short, long, too thick or however else, we can figure out a way to get you to your hair goals.
Being concerned about hair extensions damaging your hair is a reasonable thing. None of us wants to risk having hair loss or breakage! You’ve probably heard some horror stories of breakage or loss of hair from someone who has worn hair extensions. But you might not understand why it happened.
Hair extensions aren’t damaging to the natural hair unless they are:
- Not the right choice of extension for the hair
- Applied improperly
- Neglected in upkeep and maintenance.
Let’s break that down a bit.
So you’ve decided to get hair extensions. We are excited you’ve chosen to try something new, and we would love to be your beauty coach. Extensions are fun, sexy and oh so pretty. But it’s very important to take care of them properly, and we are here to tell you how. Read on for all the do’s and don’ts of hair extensions, no matter which type you’ve chosen.
- The first thing to keep in mind is keeping your hair extensions clean. When shampoo and products build up, they can make the hair look and feel dull as well as dirty and sticky. They can also make it harder to brush through, which leads to pulling and eventually sliding out. The more you have to pull on them to detangle, the more likely they are to come out too soon.
- Before shampooing, brush the hair gently to remove tangles and surface debris.
- After shampooing, apply a very light conditioner from mid-shaft to ends, then comb through with a wide tooth comb. Rinse completely, especially near the scalp, to prevent build-up. Lift the layers of the hair where the extensions have been placed and let the water soak in thoroughly.
- Towel dry gently but thoroughly before applying a leave-in conditioner and/or heat protectant.
- Keep the blow dryer on the move during styling so you don’t overheat any one area, and use hot tools sparingly. The less damage you do to the extensions, the better they will look and last.
- Avoid using oil products near the scalp area where the extensions are applied. This can cause slipping of the extensions and require more maintenance than necessary.
- ANY products which contain sulfate and silicone need to be avoided.
There are some factors to consider when you decide to get hair extensions.
First, you need to decide if you want to get them done on a short or long term basis. Usually, short term extensions are used for things such as an event , photo shoot or maybe just giving your hair some time to grow out longer. Or, you may wanting them for long term because your hair is naturally fine and thin or your hair never grows out past a certain length.
If you read my previous blogs you would understand how important it is to choose an expert to do the application process. You have to look at it as you would going to a doctor. If you have a heart problem you wouldn’t just go to any physician. You want a cardiologist who is familiar with the most advanced technology to treat you . The same goes for hair extensions. An expert in hair extensions will be able to tell you what your choices are. The best way to get the most options is to find a stylist who is familiar and has experience with various methods and brands. They don’t just do one method or use one company as their supplier.
To sum all this up:
1- Determine if you want the extensions for very short time, a longer time or for as long as you care about your appearance.
2-Find an extension expert, even if you have to travel to her/him.
3-Have a clear budget considering your maintenance and products needed for up keep.
4- Trust the expert’s suggestions.
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Do you have thin hair or fine hair and have always wanted to get extensions but thought it was impossible? Many women with very thin, or fine, hair have avoided getting hair extensions because they think they won’t adhere to their hair, they won’t look right, or they just won’t work. For the longest time, this was true and if you had thin hair, there wasn’t much you could do about it. That is, until now.
New advancements in hair care, especially in hair extensions, has made it possible for women with thin hair to get the hair extensions they need to give their hair the beautiful volume they have always dreamed of. This new method of attaching hair extensions to fine or thinning hair is called tape in hair extensions and they have helped thousands of women create a dramatic new look for their hair. Another suitable method is cold fusion extensions. Fusion method need to be customized to micro mini bonds which are finer and smaller than a grain of rice.
Tape In Hair Extensions
Tape in hair extensions are a relatively newer technique and are best suited for women with thin or fine hair. The tape extensions are bonded to your natural hair with tape and are usually 1.5” wide wefts applied row by row. The tape wefts are thin and lightweight, leaving no damage. The benefit of tape in hair extensions for thin hair is that the single method application can be used as a solution. It provides long wear without any damage to thin hair and tape in extensions require no special tools or chemicals.
Other Options for Thin Hair
While tape in hair extensions are best for thin hair, there are some other options that you might consider. They are not as effective as tape in extensions, but some women do prefer these other solutions.
Halo hair extensions which are better than Clip in hair extensions are temporary extensions with the option to take them out as often as you prefer. Clip in hair extensions tend to be heavy and slide out. Large clips could put strain on the thin hair causing bald spots or other damage.
Fusion hair extensions have keratin bonding on the ends and controlled and mild heat or ultrasonic waves soften the keratin to bond during application. When fusion are applied with controlled heat the tong is heated on one side. The temperature, which is approximately the same temperature as the lowest setting on a standard curling iron, is used to soften the bond so it can be molded to your natural hair. Unlike other systems, where glue guns and wax melting pots are used, the proper applicator tool allows for a very clean and precise application. The result is undetectable attachments that are brushable, durable and non-damaging.
Whichever hair extension you choose for thin hair, be sure to have them professionally installed and make sure to find by a reputable salon that specialises in hair extensions.
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